Green Hell: How to Build and Use Prawn Traps

What are Prawn Traps, and what are they used for?

Have you ever been starving in the wilderness and thought to yourself, “Man, I could really go for some barbecue shrimp right now?” No? Just us? Well, to prevent that from ever happening to you in Green Hell,  we recommend the Prawn Trap. This clever little cage will passively catch prawns for you and help keep that protein meter nice and full.

This guide will walk you through how to build and utilize Prawn Traps and offer some advice on the best places to set them.

How to build Prawn Traps in Green Hell

Green Hell's Prawn Trap Recipe in the Notebook
Prawn Trap Recipe in the Notebook

Before you can make use of this unique trap, you’ll need to locate its prototype. The prototype Prawn Trap can be found along the shoreline of the Anaconda Island Campsite. This island is located in the map’s anaconda island region at coordinates 35W and 25S.

After you’ve located the trap and added its blueprint to your notebook, you can construct your own with the following materials:

  • 1 Bamboo Log
  • 2 Ropes

How to use Prawn Traps in Green Hell

Placing a Prawn Trap in Green Hell
Placing a Prawn Trap in an Ideal Location

Prawn Traps are relatively simple to use once you’ve learned how to make them. However, recovering your prawns may be difficult if you build your traps in an area frequented by predators. To help make sure that doesn’t happen, here are some tips on where to set your traps:

1. Shallow Water

While placing Prawn Traps in deeper water is technically possible, it carries much more risk than reward. Wading into the water to collect your catch exposes you to piranhas, stingrays, leeches, and other aquatic dangers that could otherwise be avoided by placing your traps closer to shore.

2. Your Favorite Watering Hole

Prawn Traps will regularly collect prawns, even without bait. However, prawns left in the trap for too long will spoil. For this reason, it’s important to place your traps somewhere you visit regularly to collect your catch and empty out any potentially rotten shrimps.

3. Clear of Predators

Watering holes are valuable resources in the jungle, especially since they contain fish and prey animals. For this reason, dangerous predators such as jaguars and black caimans will often stalk bodies of water to drink and hunt. Before setting up your traps, ensure there aren’t predators waiting around to eat you or your precious shrimp.

What can the trap catch?

PrawnProtein SourceVery Common

Pros and cons of Prawn Traps

Looking at a Series of Prawn Traps
Prawn Traps Can Catch Prey Quickly


  • They require a body of water to function
  • It is impossible to tell if a trap is full from a distance
  • Captured prey may rot if not collected
  • Targeting prawns inside the trap can be frustrating, as they cannot be seen
  • This trap will only catch prawns


  • These traps catch prey rather quickly, even without bait
  • Each device can hold several prawns at once
  • Even very shallow water is enough for these traps to function
  • This trap can be constructed with minimal resources
  • This is the only trap capable of capturing prawns

Tips and tricks for using Prawn Traps

A Series of Prawn Traps Set in Green Hell
A Series of Prawn Traps Set in the Shallows
  • Prawn Traps can be baited with larvae or maggots to increase their capture rate
  • Check your traps often to make sure your catch doesn’t spoil
  • We recommend constructing several of these traps if you want to use them as a protein source

Final thoughts on Prawn Traps

Creepy Jar seems to agree with us that you should never be trapped in the jungle without a way to barbecue some shrimp. Though prawns aren’t the greatest source of protein, the high rate of capture that these traps boast allows them to provide ample food for the crafty survivor.

Looking for some other pointers to help you stay alive in Green Hell? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or walkthrough of How to Survive your First Day.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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